Small Plastic Beads Threaten Aquatic Life
That tiny stuff in toiletries is a big problem. A new study says plastic microbeads — found in everything from toothpaste to face scrub — are polluting oceans and waterways. The beads, no bigger than grains of sand, add texture to everyday products but could easily be replaced with biodegradable alternatives. Many states have banned them, but companies use loopholes to continue producing these tiny pests — washed down drains at a rate of 8 trillion a day, enough to cover 300 tennis courts — and experts are calling for a universal ban.